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While the Central Coast might be better known as a summer destination, there’s no shortage of cosy places to stay during winter.

And when the temperature drops, so do prices, with some of the Coast’s most luxurious properties available to rent for around half the price of their summer peak.

So at the end of a relaxing day of walking, whale watching, surfing, shopping, feasting on fine food or exploring the hinterland, guests can head back to one of Belle Escapes’ high end holiday rentals to soak in a hot tub, curl up in front of a fire or just gaze out at magnificent views of nature from the comfort of a day bed or deck chair.

Some, like Tommys and The Killcare Cottage, are new to the holiday market and looking forward to lighting up the fireplace for the first time as the properties welcome their first winter guests.
Starting from $350/night, here are the most cosy retreats for a winter escape on the Coast.
1. Clare de Lune – Point Clare

This dream holiday house located on the water at Point Clare has its own private jetty and a heated pool that can be enjoyed year-round.

The architectural home has been designed to maximise the location with panoramic vistas from every level including the main bathroom which has a bath with a view.

Ducted air keeps all the luxe spaces, which are styled and furnished by Coco Republic, and four bedrooms warm and cosy in winter.
From A$470* p/n (minimum stay/restrictions apply)
2. Waters Edge – Forresters Beach
Designed by prominent architect Darren Tye to soak up some of the best beach views on the Coast, this newly built home has floor to ceiling glass offering sweeping 180 degrees views of Forresters Beach and beyond.
It’s home to four plush bedrooms including three with ocean views, offering the chance to stay snug under the covers while watching the sun rise over the sea.

A gas fireplace keeps the lounge area warm in winter and a living area downstairs can be closed to the elements while retaining a clear view of the beach.

From A$1200* p/n (minimum stay/restrictions apply)

3. The Killcare Cottage – Hardys Bay

This newly renovated three-bedroom cottage is located just a stone’s throw from the water at Hardys Bay.

It has been styled to perfection with high end details while still retaining its original cottage feel.

The lounge room has uninterrupted bay views and a rear entertaining deck is surrounded by bushland.

A fireplace and reverse cycle air-conditioning keep the cottage cosy and warm in winter.

From A$420* p/n (minimum stay/restrictions apply)

4. Paradise on Painters – Terrigal
Set in the heart of Terrigal within walking distance to the beach, this versatile six-bedroom holiday house offers plenty of space and privacy, with three fully self-contained levels and four ensuites.
The open plan living spaces and sun soaked entertaining decks are perfect for groups.
A sumptuous master suite with a two-way fireplace and soaking tub makes this Terrigal hideaway a welcome winter retreat.
From A$525* p/n– (minimum stay/restrictions apply)

5. Tommys – Killcare

With interiors designed by Thomas Hamel, this two-bedroom Killcare home resembles a stylish boutique hotel.

At the heart of the home is a lofty atrium with antique hardwood floors that flow out to a covered waterfront deck with exquisite water views in two directions.

Lush gardens add to the feeling of a five-star retreat.

A clawfoot bath in the master bedroom is perfect for a long soak or guests can get cosy on plush couches surrounding a fireplace.

From A$700* p/n– (minimum stay/restrictions apply)

6. Erina Valley Treehouse – Erina

Surrounded by acreages, this garden oasis feels a million miles from anywhere.

The charming and chic three-bedroom home has a two-way fireplace that warms inside and out so guests can enjoy the hardwood deck even in winter.

It’s located a short walk from the Coast’s gin distillery and famed fragrant gardens.
From A$350* p/n– (minimum stay/restrictions apply)

7. Sitting Pretty – Macmasters Beach

Just 100-metres from beautiful MacMasters Beach, this three-bedroom holiday home is a great getaway year-round.
High ceilings and abundant natural light make this modern home feel welcoming at any time of year and a fireplace keeps the lounge toasty in the cooler months.
The Bouddi Coastal Walk and Captain Cook Lookout offer whale watching opportunities in winter and the surf is always up at Macs.
The home is offering a free night when guests book two nights or two free nights when guests book for four nights.
From A$350* p/n– (minimum stay/restrictions apply)

8. Birdsong – Killcare Heights

As the name suggests, this elegant manor in Killcare Heights is a haven for birdlife, offering a peaceful setting for any getaway.
Designed to be a cocooning space for guests hiding away, the home is filled with comfortable and cosy nooks including a courtyard garden, home theatre, library, bay window, hammock and a luxe lounge with a fireplace.

From A$500* p/n– (minimum stay/restrictions apply)

9. Indys Beach House – Killcare

This quintessential Killcare beach house is just as nice in winter as summer with a gas fireplace ensuring the lounge is always snug.
With five bedrooms, two open plan levels, two entertaining decks and a fully self-contained lower level, this home is perfect for groups or families.
Killcare Beach, the Bouddi Coastal Walk, cafes and restaurants are just a hop and a skip away.
From A$550* p/n– (minimum stay/restrictions apply)